The ANP held a stall at Deaffest 2019 at Wolverhampton in May. The event is always busy with predominantly sign language users but our stall received interest from a variety of attendees. We had a lovely enquiry about notetaking in FE from a mother with a deaf son. Karen and Jackie explained the types of notes that can be provided while Karen did a short demonstration. We also had enquiries from people wanting to know how to be trained as notetakers and we discussed the benefits of being a member of ANP.
The stall was really well placed at the venue and we had a steady stream of passers-by and lots of attention to where we would work and how we would best support people.
It is always interesting to realise how many people are unaware of the support that is out there and any enquiry is potential business for our members.
Congratulations to Jackie and Karen who fronted the stall.
Here are some photos to prove just how great they looked!!
A worthwhile attendance at this capsule event as delegates showed an interest in our activities and both manual and electronic notetaking was acknowledged as an essential communication method. Awareness of Notetaking was also promoted by our presence, to the speakers who have impact in their fields of work. Our stand was supported by the following members – Meriel Michaelides, Penny Clarke, Susan Baines and Sisily Alexander – many thanks to them for representing ANP at this event!
Notetaking was again on show at the annual Deaf Day event in London’s CityLit, with manual and electronic notetakers womaning the stand. What we do was prominently displayed on banner and walls. There was a steady flow of visitors whose queries and comments were managed by our experts and CityLit even advertised an ENT employed for one of their activities! Now that’s a first!!
The ANP were represented by Meriel, Miriam and Karen at the Deaf Street Party in London on Sat 22nd July 2017.
We had a good spot near the entrance and some early interest to the stand but unfortunately the rain set in and we decided to call it a day at 2pm. Such a shame as potentially a fun event and good networking opportunity.
Some members may be interested in following this link to the BBC Money Box programme (broadcast on 12th July 2017) – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xbhgy – the subject of which was zero hour contracts, with some reference made to the self-employed.
Dian, Meriel and I attended Deaf-Fest in Wolverhampton on Saturday 13th May to represent ANP.
It was a great event and a good opportunity to network and raise our profile within the D/deaf community (and try out some of our new conference tool-kit)! We had lots of visitors to our stand – some were potential clients interested to hear about the service/s we can offer, some were interested in becoming note-takers themselves (potential new members perhaps?) and others (some smaller members of the deaf community) were more interested in our supply of chocolates!
Meriel’s committee experience stood us in good stead and Dian’s BSL and Lipspeaking skills were invaluable! We even managed to hold our committee meeting between visits to the stand and the minutes are now available in the ‘members’ area of the website.
Our next event/stand will be at the Deaf Street Party in London (more details to follow) on Saturday 22 July and we would LOVE to invite you to join us then; the more the merrier…!
An Extract from The Metro Friday, March 3 2017 (page 41) Re. RSI
(Comment – Karen Pritchard – Meriel alerted me to this article in the Metro – I must admit I hadn’t realise RSI caused a tingling and stiffness in your back and shoulders as well as arms, wrists and fingers… just shows how important it is to ask for a co-worker for longer bookings – anyway, we thought the members might be interested)
Strain over for desk warriors
Send RSI packing with Leon Poultney
Up to half a million workers in the UK suffer from RSI, according to the Health and Safety Executive – enduring aches, stiffness, tingling or cramp in the back, arms and shoulders. Repetitive strain injuries are caused by repeated movements that place tendons under stress and are most associated with computer work. Tuesday was RSI Awareness Day, held to highlight the risks and pressure governments into drawing up regulation to protect employees from its effects.
(the article then went on to list office gadgets that can help to prevent it and improve overall health – this was mostly relevant for office based employees, but I thought some of the ‘How to Tackle RSI tips were more relevant to us as note-takers)
Find a neutral position for your hands. Don’t bend wrists towards your little fingers, thumbs or back towards you.
Ensure the keyboard lies flat on the desk or table to encourage a neutral typing position and consider a compact keyboard to reduce the stretch on your fingers.
Go mouse-less. Your arm should rest on a desk, so consider a pen or vertical type mouse.
The NHS suggests you should take short, regular breaks and move around the office as often as possible.If RSI is already present, try the Painmaster Patch (£24.50) which uses low-current electricity to stimulate the body’s own natural healing processes.